Amazon is helping to drive a new global initiative of governments and leading companies that aims to mobilise at least $1 billion in financing to help countries protect their tropical rainforests.
The LEAF Coalition is an ambitious public-private initiative designed to accelerate climate action by providing results-based finance to countries committed to protecting their tropical rainforests. The initiative is expected to become one of the largest ever public-private efforts to protect tropical forests and support sustainable development.
The project, announced today at the Leaders’ Summit on Climate, will benefit billions of people around the world who depend on the rainforests.
“Climate change is the greatest threat to our planet, and the LEAF Coalition offers us an opportunity to bring together governments and companies to fight it,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “In uniting behind a common cause, the countries and companies of the coalition have a chance to end deforestation by 2030. As founders of The Climate Pledge—a commitment to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement 10 years early—we’re excited to support this important initiative and encourage others to do the same.”
Along with Amazon, the coalition’s initial participants include the UK Government as well as the governments of Norway and the United States, along with leading companies including Salesforce, Airbnb, Unilever, Bayer, Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey, GSK and Nestlé.
John Kerry, U.S. President Joe Biden’s special presidential envoy for climate, noted: "The LEAF Coalition is a groundbreaking example of the scale and type of collaboration that is needed to fight the climate crisis and achieve net-zero emissions globally by 2050. Bringing together government and private-sector resources is a necessary step in supporting the large-scale efforts that must be mobilised to halt deforestation and begin to restore tropical and subtropical forests."
Coalition participants will pay for high-quality emissions reductions from tropical and subtropical forest countries, supporting efforts to reduce and end deforestation. Emergent, a U.S.-based nonprofit, will help facilitate transactions and serve as the administrative coordinator.
The LEAF Coalition, formally the Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest finance (LEAF) Coalition, aims to include additional countries and companies in the months ahead. The full list of coalition participants—and the total financial support mobilised—will be announced by the end of the year, when emissions reduction purchase agreements are signed with tropical rainforest countries.
Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, a commitment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has more than 100 signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Microsoft, Visa, and PepsiCo. To reach its goal, Amazon will continue to reduce emissions across its operations by taking real business actions and establishing a path to power its operations with 100% renewable energy, five years ahead of the company’s original target of 2030; delivering its Shipment Zero vision to make all shipments net-zero carbon, with 50% net-zero carbon by 2030; purchasing 100,000 electric delivery vehicles, the largest order ever of electric delivery vehicles, and by investing $2 billion in the development of decarbonising services and solutions through the Climate Pledge Fund.
To learn more about the effort, visit The LEAF Coalition.